WASHINGTON - Emotions were high as family and friends gathered to say their final farewells to 10-year-old Makiyah Wilson. Makiyah was killed on July 16 when gunmen opened fire into a crowd of people in her Northeast D.C. neighborhood.
D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham was among the mourners at the funeral, which was held at The Holy Christian House of Praise on Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue. Friends who attended told FOX 5's Bob Barnard that Makiyah's neighborhood ice cream truck drove by the service in remembrance of the girl.
Detectives have yet to find the men responsible for the shooting that left Wilson dead and four others, including her sister, injured. Video of the incident shows four men wearing masks getting out of a black sedan and opening fire before fleeing the scene. Investigators have not been able to identify any of the suspected shooters.
Newsham joined FOX 5 on Tuesday and said the one thing the police department can do for the family is to give them closure by finding out who murdered Makiyah.
"It happens way too frequently in our community and we're going to put a stop to it," he said.
Newsham said preliminarily, police believe the shooting stemmed from a disagreement between rival neighborhoods.
"We have made progress and we intend to find the men that are responsible," Newsham said.
If you have any information that can aid detectives in their investigation, you're urged to call at (202) 727-9099.